Third Crossing - Consultation Phases 1-3

Third Crossing - Consultation Phases 1-3

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This is an archived version of the Third Crossing project page for phases 1-3. These phases  were completed in 2017. View the Third Crossing website for the latest information.


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Your input is key to the Third Crossing Action Plan and helps inform the work on the preliminary design and business plan for the proposed bridge. The project team makes it a priority to be accessible to residents and to provide information as it becomes available. Any correspondence is part of the public engagement on phases two and three of the Third Crossing Action Plan and will be reflected in the Report to Council in June of 2017. City staff continue to engage the community throughout these phases both online and in person.

Ongoing public engagement opportunities

Third Crossing website updates (Bridge Buzz)

Information about the Third Crossing and current news on the project.

Community meetings/presentations

The project team has met with over 315 people in community organizations to provide project information and gather feedback. Presentations started in January 2017 (view the presentation) and include:

  • January 16, 2017 - Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce
  • February 3, 2017 - Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC)
  • April 7, 2017 - Seniors Association
  • April 19, 2017 - Rotary Club of Kingston
  • April 19, 2017 - Walk ‘n' Roll Technical Advisory Group
  • April 24, 2017 - Friends of Kingston's Inner Harbour / McBurney Park Association / Wellington X
  • April 25, 2017 - Imagine Kingston
  • April 26, 2017 - CFB Kingston
  • May 8, 2017  - KEDCO / Tourism Board
  • May 10, 2017 - Kingston Accommodation Partners / Downtown BIA
  • May 16, 2017 - Rotary Club of Cataraqui – Kingston
  • May 16, 2017 - Community Response to Neighbour Concerns (CRNC)
  • May 25, 2017 - Coalition of Kingston Communities

Email updates

Regular updates to the Third Crossing community email group with the latest project information. As of May 16, 2017 there are 467 members. To add your name to the email list contact

Resident / stakeholder meetings

Discuss project related elements, hear concerns and discuss ideas with residents, near neighbours, stakeholders and community interest groups.

Community correspondence

Responding to residents email questions and comments through the Third Crossing email account and website forum on the project.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The most commonly asked questions and answers about the Third Crossing are posted on the FAQ page.

Other public engagement initiatives (2016 – present)

Third Crossing survey

To hear residents' priorities for the design and business planning phases of the project was conducted from July 25 to August 19, 2016. Over 1,100 residents responded to the survey, one of the largest response rates to a City of Kingston survey. View survey results.

Third Crossing Open Houses (POHs)

In an effort to engage more residents and taking public input into consideration the city held three public open houses to share the draft results of the business plan and the preliminary design for the proposed Third Crossing. Two open houses were held in the east end and one in the central/west part of Kingston.

Open house #1 - September 29, 2016 (La Salle High School)

213 residents took part in the first open house and the project team received 147 comments. Information at the open house included:

Feedback summary or full feedback report (please note this document is large and may take some time to download)

Open house #2 – April 26, 2017 (LCVI High School) & Open house #3 – April 27, (Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald Public School) 

95 people attended the second POH and the project team received 21 comments. 235 people attended the third open house and the team received 70 comments.  Information at the open houses included:

  • A brief history of the project.
  • A recap of Open House #1 from September 2016.
  • Results on the business plan development including information from the cost-benefit analysis, the economic impact analysis, and financial model and project delivery models.
  • Review of the draft final preliminary design including environmental considerations.
  • A summary of public feedback to date and how it's being considered.

Full feedback report

Public open house summary report and full report available in June.

Based on some requests, higher resolution images of the display boards from the second open houses are available below. Due to the size of these files and the ability to download them easier, the boards are divided into four sections: the bridge architecture, the business plan, the preliminary design and the strategic case. 

Information sheets on the draft reports for the preliminary design and business plan

Information sheets on the need, the preliminary design and the business plan were created to provide residents with a high level overview of the information in the draft reports. These were released on April 29, 2017. Offer your input to by May 23, 2017.

  1. Strategic case for the Third Crossing
  2. Preliminary design and cost estimate
  3. Business plan

Draft reports

The draft reports on the preliminary design and the business plan are available for comment. The project team is asking residents to provide their feedback to by May 23, 2017. This timeframe allows the project team time to consider and incorporate the feedback (where applicable) into the final reports to council.

Information reports to council

These reports were to update city council on the engagement work related to the third crossing and to provide an opportunity to ask questions about the public engagement approach and initiatives.

Public engagement report to Council

Staff continue to prepare a report with recommendations to council based on work carried out during phases II and III of the action plan. This report will be available to the public in advance of the Special Council Meeting on June 13, 2017.

Special meeting of Council – June 13, 2017

On June 13 the project team will present the final report on the preliminary design and the business plan for the proposed Third Crossing. This will include an appendix report on public engagement, how comments from the public were considered and incorporated into the preliminary design and business plan where applicable. If you want to present as a delegation at this council meeting please contact the City Clerk's Office at 613-546-4291, ext 1247.

Public engagement on Phases 2 and 3 of the Third Crossing Action Plan by the numbers:

  • Over 9,000 visitors to the Third Crossing project website - by March 2017
  • Over 5,200 views of Third Crossing project videos - by March 2017
  • 1,144 respondents to the Third Crossing survey  - Summer 2016
  • 12 community presentations to over 315 residents in business and community groups - started January 2017
  • 213 participants and 147 comments received at the first Public Open House - September 2016
  • 95 participants and 21 comments received at the second Public Open House - April 2017
  • 235 participants and 70 comments received at the third Public Open House - April 2017
  • Response to over 100 emails to the Third Crossing email address - by April 2017
  • Over 50 comments on the two-way website forum - by March 2017